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S. L. Huntington & Co. (2014)

Originally Thomas Hall (1823)

Location:

Trinity Episcopal Church
Milton, CT 06759 US
Organ ID: 2147

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 7 ranks. 1 divisions. 1 manuals. 7 stops. 8 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: Exposed pipes or case front visible in a gallery at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 1
  • Stops: 7
  • Registers: 8
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 99
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with hinged doors that enclose keyboards.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: Blind action not moving stop controls.
  • Swell Control Type: No enclosed divisions.
  • Pedalboard Type: No pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on July 29, 2014:

Updated through online information from scot huntington.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on July 10, 2014:

Updated through online information from Scot Huntington. -- The organ purchased in 1866 was the 1823 Hall in a previous altered state, with the ca. 1857 addition of one octave of permanently-coupled pedals, and a swell box enclosure. Installed in the rear gallery of Trinity Church, the organ remained essentially unaltered until a partial renovation in the early 1960s by Geddes of Winsted, CT, at which time a blower was installed and the feeder system removed.
The organ was "restored" ca. 1974 by Charles Aiken, and in hindsight, many regrettable and irreversible changes were made to the original fabric including the removal of the original sprung sliders and machine stop mechanisms, and replacement of the mahogany table with plywood.
Dana Hull was contracted n 1987 only to regild and restore the case finish. The long unknown builder of this instrument was identified by John Ogasapian as Thomas Hall based on specific and unusual case and carving characteristics, in a 1989 Tracker article.
In 1990, the organ received a new blower, feeder reconstruction, and new rackboards, amongst other refurbishments, by Quimby Pipe Organ Co. of Warrensburg, MO, during their construction of a new organ for St. Michael's Litchfield, the original home of the Milton organ.
By 2012 the organ had again become extremely unreliable and only marginally functional, and what was planned as a major renovation eventually developed into a complete restoration to its original 1823 state by S.L. Huntington & Co. of Stonington, CT. This work included the removal of the pedalboard, swell shutters and encasement, restoration of the casework to its original proportions, retabling of the windchest with new sliders and gibs based on the altered originals- all in mahogany, restoration of the two machine stops and sprung slider mechanisms, new rackboards, refinishing of the casework gilding, and restoration of the original voicing and pitch. Long underwinded by a 1974 blower that was undersized at this considerable altitude, a new, larger blower was installed. All removed components are labeled and stored with the organ in the church. Internal toeboard and machine stop evidence indicates the organ was originally designed to contain a treble Trumpet and divided Cornet/Sesquialtera. These were replaced with a Dulciana, Twelfth, and Flute (4) respectively, and internal evidence also indicates these changes were made prior to the original installation in Litchfield. The restored organ is tuned in a late 18th-century English well-tempered system as reconstructed by Charles Padgham. Pitch A438 @ 68 degrees, pressure 60 mm (2 3/8").

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on July 10, 2014:

Updated through online information from Scot Huntington. -- John Ogasapian, "Identifying a Thomas Hall Organ"; The Tracker, 33:2:1989, 13-17.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on May 08, 2014:

Updated through online information from Gregg Patruno. -- Re-installation began January 22, 2014, with re-dedication concert planned for June 7, 2014. Church website includes photographs of the instrument's removal and return.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on February 06, 2014:

Updated through online information from Gregg Patruno. -- Still under restoration by Scot Huntington in January 2014, with re-installation postponed into 2014, according to The Day newspaper (New London, CT) on 1/5/2014. Article includes 5 workshop photos of the instrument, and an update on the restoration process.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on February 22, 2013:

Updated through online information from Gregg Patruno. -- Removed by Scot Huntington in January 2013 for "comprehensive restoration," with re-installation scheduled for Spring or Summer 2013, according to The Litchfield County Times newspaper on 2/1/2013. Article includes photograph of partially dismantled instrument, and an overview of its history.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Restoration of previously altered organ of 1823.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

From St. Michael's Episcopal, Litchfield. On loan to St. Michael's from Solomon Marsh, 1823-51; gift to St. Michael's in 1851. To Milton in 1866 for $300. Identified as Hall by Mary Julia Royall on post card 3-2-87. Restored c. 1985 by Dana Hull who played ded. recital 15 Dec 1985.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Extant instrument.
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Gallery and Organ Case (2013): Photograph by Rev. Richard Wyland.

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